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Detroit Lions decide to go with Jim Caldwell as new head coach

Jim Caldwell attends the 25th Annual Super Bowl Breakfast at Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on February 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
(Photo by Stephen Cohen/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions have hired Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell to replace Jim Schwartz as new head coach according to a report by ESPN on Jan. 14. The move comes a day after Ken Whisenhunt, one of their other top candidates, was hired by the Tennessee Titans.

Caldwell, who served as head coach with the Indianapolis Colts from 2009 to 2011, gives the Lions that head-coaching experience they have been looking for and will certainly help a potent Lions offense produce even more.

In his three seasons with the Colts, Jim Caldwell led the Colts to a 26-22 record including a trip to the Super Bowl where his team suffered a loss to the New Orleans Saints. The team went to the playoffs the following year but when quarterback Peyton Manning went down with a season-ending injury, the Colts went just 2-14. But the 58-year-old new head coach of the Lions has proven that he can be a successful coach when surrounded by talent.

Caldwell will be challenged to reach a team that has suffered a late-season collapse under prior coach Jim Schwartz. The 7-9 finish capped another disappointing season for the Detroit Lions, a team that appeared to be on the rise.

Jim Caldwell was reportedly the first person to interview for the Detroit job.